Today’s Round of Catastrophes & Fixes —>

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 – 9:50 pm outside of Ithaca, New York

- Notice the gap between the two areas-

– As she began to Re-Join the areas – This is what Annnie saw – Notice the gap between the Vale to the left and the Valley to the right –

— { The above is the first of three screen shots Annie missed after she worked all day Tuesday to re-join the Vale and the Valley – The green outlines tell us that the two areas are now touching where they need to be joined – And you will probably notice the gully or gulch or canyon between the two areas. — Depends on how large a screen you are viewing this on. }

= = = = = —djo — { Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 – 4:08 pm— Jim’s birthday reminders that his calendar sends all of us – tells us it’s Connie G’s Birthday }

—> Reports from Xhyrean & Rachel :

— First, from Xhyrean :

  • Annie discovered that Keltic Valley had sailed away from The Vale – and set about fixing that – Nikki helped – Nikki reached the point where none of her commands to alter the landscape or basically do anything helpful got results, so she ran south as far as she could go while Annie twiddled her thumbs and waited for ‘reality’ to catch up with her queued commands.
  • Nikki did fix a glitch between the border of the Valley and ‘001’ and ran up east of center through 001, through the cave and back out and managed to get to the border of Stone Lake, but couldn’t cross into Stone Lake. Then she turned around and thought she could race back to Annie’s side, but got stuck at the northern border of 001.
  • We will probably have to fix that when we’re through with all our other little fiascoes.

{ & he included Annie’s Screen-Shots }

—–> Shantivarta

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—– Then Rachel :

– Yeah, Nikki got stuck, we probably have to re-do the borders to ‘001’ – plus, i think we did a decent job- the girls did good work. 🙂 – now let’s see if I have the presence of mind to actually attach my screen shots —-

—– Raitch —

{ & she included Nikki’s Screen Shots }

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— Let me get the screen shots in order:

Julienne in the North-East Shield Mountains

– Julienne explored the North-Eastern Shield Mountains late last night / early this morning – She was impressed with the clouds as evening fell –

— The North-Estern Shield Mountains are beyond the North-Eastern Plains. Julienne had a break between her bard-like engagements and thought she’d get away from it all – Like the caption says, she was really impressed with the purple evening clouds in the mountains.

- Yup, The valley district came unglued from the Vale district.

– Annie’s first Screen-Shot of the day – Everybody was so busy yesterday getting the inland sea back in place, that we missed the fact that, indeed, The Valley had divorced itself from the Vale. –

— That is a mess –

- "Border Gaps"

– Apparently,The Vale and the Valley used to overlap considerably –

— After they brought the two areas into alignment, they saw that there was a gap of several yards or meters between the landmasses that used to be connected. They made an executive decision to link the areas together with that gap – and bring up that impassable gully, & do some heavy duty landscaping / earth moving to match the real estate on both sides of that ‘canyon’?

- What it looked like as Annie began Repairing the Eastern Edges

– This what Annie saw as she began to match the edges between the Vale { on the right } and the Valley { left } –

- After Annie matched the Eastern Edges -

– And this is what the Eastern Edges looked like after Annie used the leveling tool to bring the edge of the Valley Area down to match the Vale’s –

- A bit of a plateau formed when they brought the edges of the bordering districts togethe. -

– When they ‘glued’ the edges of the two areas together – They had to ‘fly’ up and see what they were doing from a distance – Then back on the ground, they had this bit of a wall blocking the road. –

— If you’re seeing this on a big enough screen – Annie is trying to look over the top of a wall that suddenly grew between her and the gateway into the Valley District. If they left that there almost no players that couldn’t fly would ever be able to ‘Get there from here-‘ – but – that is really easy to fix with the right bulldozer / Leveling tool – { Ya just gotta be careful with that tool or you may find a line of weird pillars across the land you probably spent a lot of time and effort to ‘landscape’ just right. Luckily, we taught them well and they were careful – } – And, they made another executive decision, to bring the very steep hill up from the Vale to the Valley — down a bit.

- :The View From The Valley Side Of The Border -

– After Smoothing out the road from the Vale to the Valley – they began to use the leveling tool to Bring the hills on one side of the border up to the same height as their counterparts on the other side. –

— I think they told me that Nikki bulldozed the road down to level from the Valley side, and then did a lot of slope smoothing on the Vale side to grade the road into something more passable, and less steep. But – from this screen-shot, you can probably see that first efforts to match the hills on both sides of the gully that wasn’t there before — together… gave them some weird, and not very pleasing – results.

- "Getting There"

– This is a long shot of the road work Nikki completed – making the slope up the hill from the Vale to the Valley a lot more pleasant, and traversable. –

— Nikki labeled this screen shot “Getting There -” It shows her handiwork in smoothing out the road’s climb.

- Steep sides on both sides of the road -

– Nikki’s bulldozing handiwork. The road into the Valley, through the gateway – used to be that much higher than it is now. –

— Where else could you bring a whole neighbourhood down several meters in altitude in less than an hour and make it work? Our two young women then had a lot of hill-sculpting and other landscaping to do before they were satisfied with the way this area looked. –

- The view from way beyond the western edge of these two areas.

– The young women stopped their efforts to ‘pretty up’ or make the entire west side of both areas match and/or look the same from out here in the ozone. –

—  When they saw that bit of a lake on the edge of the valley – on our right there – Annie and Nikki couldn’t be sure there wasn’t another area linked to the valley up there, and so stopped trying to make the western edges here look like one heck of a thick chocolate bar. –

— Annie told me there were at least two screen shots of her work on the eastern edges of both areas – that she missed when she sent us her screen shots of the day – She’ll get them to us tomorrow – and one of us will have to edit them into this article { and/or ‘posting’ } –

- Annie & Nikki on their lunch break -

– Annie and Nikki posed for the screen shot person before they took a break to eat something before resuming their efforts here. –

— Yeah, ‘Real Life Adventures’ sometimes get in the way of game world building – But these two made sure they documented their presence before they had to go eat something before one or both of them dropped dead from acute low blood sugar -ness. – { I have a poetic license and I’m not afraid to use it – }

- Almost Midnight in the game world -

– Most of the rest of these Screen shots deal with ‘selfies’ of the two young women. –

— The more they did, the longer their computers hung up with serious lag. They moved mountains and carved hidden valleys but couldn’t take the time to capture that work in screen shots without taking the chance that  just a little more effort might crash their software and they could lose a lot of what they’d already done today. And that would be a tragedy and a half.

— But I think there may be one more shot out of the fourteen they sent us today that should go here:

- "Midnight Blue Clouds"

– Annie took this last screen shot as electric blue clouds swooped in low over Keltic Vale. –

— I think it’s a wonderful thing, that these two young women – up to their ears in dirty work, still noticed things that gave them a lift, like the strange atmosphere in this game world producing some odd and wonderful coloured clouds….

— And now it’s time for me to get ready for my night shift –

— Take care, Be safe – wear your CoVid-19 masks and try not to scare little kids to death —

————— Douglas Jay Otterson  { — djo — }  —>  Finished Editing-in the last 3 photos/Screen-Shots @ on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 – 3:20 pm Ithaca Time –